Resume: M. Scott Severance

Synopsis

I am a hobbyist programmer and Linux enthusiast with wide-ranging skills and interests. I am able to learn new technologies very quickly and am now looking for an opportunity to use some or all of my skills professionally.

Portfolio

I have created a portfolio containing samples of my work.

Skills

Programming and Web Development

  • Created a time calculator (portfolio entry) that consistently ranks high in Google’s search results and earns me advertising revenue each month
  • Intermittent programming experience beginning in 2001 (highlighted in my portfolio)
    • Python
    • Ruby
    • Bash and other Linux command line tools
    • JavaScript
      • Plain JavaScript
      • AJAX
      • jQuery
      • Node.js
    • MySQL and some SQLite
    • PHP
      • From the ground up
      • CodeIgniter
    • Git, Bazaar, SVN
  • Intermittent web development experience, including HTML 5 and CSS, beginning in 1998
  • In university programming classes, learned new concepts and skills twice as quickly as my classmates, leading one professor to have to create additional assignments just for me

System Administration

  • Linux experience since 1998 (full-time since 2006), administering my own server and desktop machines as well as the occasional work machine
  • Thorough knowledge of the Linux command line
  • Experience with: Apache, BIND9 (DNS server), MySQL, NFS, Samba, SSH, VNC
  • Ability to quickly learn new tools

Training and Documentation

  • Developed and presented an introductory Linux training course which was very well-received
  • Have taught English as a Second Language to adult students in South Korea, Dallas, and online since 2009
  • Taught computer literacy at Delap SDA High School, Majuro, Marshall Islands
  • Adapted software manual for internal company use

Leadership

  • Consistently recognized as a leader, both formally and informally, in professional and personal capacities, and with large and small teams
  • Promoted within 6 months of being hired by SDA Samyook Language Institute and spent the remainder of my time as a coordinator, where I was the foreign teacher supervisor for my local branches
  • Led a group of ex-patriot teachers in my city in South Korea, leading to personal growth for the members and opportunities for networking. Also, expanded the group’s membership from initially only employees of my company to include all others who were interested.
  • Gained a reputation for making things happen; when others merely talk, I take action.

Work History

  • November 2016–Present
    Self-Employed
    • Teach Internet-based English as a Second Language classes to adult students who are primarily located in China
  • March 2017–April 2018: ELS Language Center (Addison, TX)
    Associate Instructor
    • Taught English as a Second Language classes to adult students from a variety of countries
    • Used my extensive multicultural experience to solve problems and keep students happy
  • October 2013–September 2016: Center of English Language (Dallas, TX)
    ESL teacher/Curriculum Coordinator
    • Teach English as a Second Language classes to adult students from a variety of countries
    • Was involved in a project to convert our record system from paper to electronic. This involved the following:
      • Served as the exclusive technical contact and system administrator
      • Set the system up to meet our needs
      • Liaised with the vendor to resolve problems
      • Trained staff on the new system
  • March–September 2013: Mountain Light Institute (Hwasun County, South Jeolla Province, South Korea)
    Volunteer
    • Developed a bilingual website for the school with the constraint that, due to the remote location of the school, all development had to be done without internet access. Thus, there was no possibility of using any frameworks or documentation that was not already installed on my development machine. Despite this constraint, I was able to resolve all issues that cropped up and successfully launch the website.
    • Helped with planning for all aspects of this as-yet-unopened school
    • Assisted in the construction of the school
    • Helped on the school’s farm
  • 2009–2013: SDA Samyook Language Institute (South Korea)
    Coordinator (head foreign teacher), Gwangju Branch
    • Technical accomplishments
      • Developed a set of scheduling tools to make it easier to manage complex and sometimes conflicting schedules, requirements, and schedule requests. This tool saved me considerable time and helped me to avoid making errors that would otherwise have cost other employees money.
      • Developed documentation for our internal MIS system in a format the teachers could easily use and understand, and was asked to present it to all coordinators company-wide.
    • Local branch responsibilities
      • Taught English and Bible classes to both adults and children
      • Supervised and trained the other foreign teachers at my local branch
      • Was responsible for scheduling and other administrative duties in addition to my teaching duties
      • Led weekly supplementary clubs designed to improve our students’ English ability
    • Other activities
      • Was a member of an ad hoc committee of six created by the administration to recommend ways to improve our teaching methodology
      • Coordinated and lead foreign teachers’ spiritual and social activities for the city of Gwangju
  • 2004–2009: Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (headquarters: Alvarado, TX)
    Pastor
    • Duties included: preaching, teaching, chairing meetings, visitation
    • Served on the board of Jefferson Christian Academy, a private high school in Jefferson, TX
    • Developed an access-logging system for a youth event in PHP and CodeIgniter. This system created photo ID badges for all attendees and staff, who would scan their badges’ barcodes on entry and exit, thus creating a log of who was present when. In addition, the system was capable of flagging children who were not permitted to leave without being picked up by a parent. Many people commented that this system significantly increased the perceived level of professionalism for the event.
  • School years 1999-2004: Southwestern Adventist University (Keene, TX)
    Student Employee
    • Graded papers and did office work for several professors
    • Did layout and technical tasks as necessary (including formatting musical scores) for music professor who was writing a book
    • Provided software and networking support to faculty and students on behalf of the Office of Information Services
  • 1998–2002: Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)
    Student Intern
    • Set up new Linux network for use in computer simulations
    • Developed manual for the simulation software
    • Developed and conducted Linux training seminar
    • Administered internal departmental website

Education

  • 2012: Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • 2004: B.A. in Theology from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, TX
    • Graduated summa cum laude with departmental recognition (GPA: 3.97)
    • Finished at the top of my two programming classes, and progressed much faster than my classmates